Our Clinical Team

You can find out about our practitioners’ training, backgrounds, clinical experience and specialist areas of practice by clicking on their name.

All our staff and therapists are fully vaccinated. Under the Orange Traffic Light system, we can only see fully vaccinated clients. Face to face appointments for vaccinated clients can be negotiated with individual therapists. Please bring your masks and vaccine passes. All others are offered Telehealth appointments.


Traude Leibbrand

Traude works with a wide range of commonly presented problems like anxiety, depression, work related stress and eating issues.  She has a special interest in supporting clients to resolve past or recent trauma.  She is registered as a treatment provider for ACC for clients with a physical injury, for EAP services and Insurance companies.

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Gail Ratcliffe

Gail is a specialist in the field of stress and depression, including post natal depression and other forms of hormonally related depression, bullying, burn-out, physical and emotional abuse, phobias, OCD, trauma and anxiety related disorders.  Her focus in treatment is on helping you enhance your potential.

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Eileen Swan

Eileen is a specialist in the areas of adult mental health, trauma, parenting, organisational and change management, forensic issues, psychological assessments, chronic pain and cross cultural practice.

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Danute Leathem

Danute works with individuals from the age of 16 years, in a wide variety of commonly experienced problems, such as depression, anxiety and stress, etc, and also the less usual issues that can challenge us.

She has thirty years experience and her focus is helping you achieve your goals in a welcoming collaborative and non-judgmental environment.

She is experienced in a wide variety of treatment modalities and will work with you to decide which will best address your needs.

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Megan Fowler

Megan is a registered Clinical Psychologist and Paediatric Neuropsychologist who specialises in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and their parents.

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Anjana Gaekwad

Anjana undertakes comprehensive psychological assessments and offers psychotherapy across a wide range of child, adolescent and adult mental health issues, particularly in the areas of anxiety and stress related disorders, depression, trauma and abuse issues, grief and immigrant issues.  She also offers family therapy and relationship counselling.

Anjana is integrative in her approach and works from a developmental and systemic perspective.  She works collaboratively with clients to help best make sense of their current difficulties in the context of their life history, experiences and relationships.  Her work is informed by mindfulness bases cognitive behavioural theory, psycho-dynamic theory, family systems and Social Constructionist approaches to assist clients in making desired changes and achieving their goals.

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Virginia Farnsworth-Grodd

Virginia specialises in alcohol and drug problems, drink driving, Depression, Anxiety related disorders including Performance Anxiety and Stress, And coping with physical illness.  She also does Court Assessments.

Julian Reeves

Julian works with a range of psychological referrals and has special expertise in dealing with depression and anxiety disorders.  He has wide experience in the field of Health Psychology and in the management of pain and also offers relationship counselling.

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Kirsty Rorke

Kirsty has experience working with a wide range of mental health difficulties.

Her specialist areas are:

  • Anxiety (including OCD, intrusive thoughts, social anxiety, phobias, PTSD)
  • Depression 
  • Trauma (including birth trauma)
  • Peri and postnatal depression
  • Adjustment to parenting 
  • Difficulty with bonding 

M.A. (Hons), PGDipClinPsych

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Paul Gregory

Paul assists his clients to address the effects that stress, changes, or losses can have on their mental health.  These can lead to developing anxiety; depression; PTSD; and generally not coping well.  Unhelpful responses and attempts to cope with these can lead to problems such as feeling isolated and lonely, anxious and agitated, engaging in risky behaviour, working too hard and using alcohol or drugs to cope with distress.  Paul offers treatment to successfully address all the above difficulties; and he has specialist expertise in treating alcohol and drug problems.

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Ian Lambie

Ian is a Registered Clinical Psychologist and he works with children, adolescents, adults and families. I mostly use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Family Systems interventions. I take a pragmatic approach to solving problems. I also see some clients for longer term psychotherapy.

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Kate Burke

Kate works in the Family Court and Ministry of Social Development.  She also specialises in advising on child care arrangements after parental separation, parenting capacities, children’s behaviour problems, post-trauma counselling, reunification of children and parents and clinical supervision. 

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Johanna Bannister

Johanna Bannister has an extensive and varied background of working as a mental health clinician and a clinical supervisor in both public and private settings.  Johanna is interested in working with the effects that depression/anxiety/trauma and loss can have on client’s mental health and relationships.  Johanna uses CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and Mindfulness to assist clients to address these difficulties.

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Katie Ritchie

Katie is a psychiatrist specialising in a wide range of psychiatric difficulties including depression, other mood disorders, anxiety and psychoses.  She has a particular interest in working with women and has expertise in crisis care, in drug and alcohol dependency and maternal mental health.

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